Module code: ENG0008

Module Overview

The module provides an introduction to processes and principles common to most engineering disciplines. Specifically, attention is given to energy (heat) transfer, electric and magnetic fields, the properties of ideal gases, fluid statics, fluid flow and engineering instrumentation and measurement.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
(a) Engineering and Physical Sciences Units
• SI Units
• Intensive and extensive properties
• Units conversion
• Dimensional analysis
(b) Electric Fields
• Electric Potential and Potential difference
• Electric charge, Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field E, Lines of Force – field due to spherically symmetric and planar charge distributions.
(c) Magnetic Fields
• Definition of the B field in terms of the force on a moving charge. Magnetic flux
• Motion of charged particles in a magnetic field, force on a current carrying conductor.
• Electric motor, loudspeakers.
• Magnetic fields created by moving charges
(d) Energy
• Kinetic and potential forms of energy: translational, thermal, gravitational, chemical, electromagnetic.
• Force, work and power
• Temperature scales and measurement
• Conduction, convection and radiation
• Enthalpy, heat capacity and latent heat
(e) Gases
• Ideal gas law
• P-V, P-T and V-T relationships
• Kinetic theory of gases
• Processes and cycles
(f) Fluid statics and flow
• Static pressure; head; pressure difference
• Flow regimes: laminar, transitional and turbulent
• Reynolds number
(g) Instrumentation
• Representative examples of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices: pressure (liquid column elements, elastic element gauge types, electrical transducers, force-balanced devices); temperature (thermocouples, resistance thermometers); flow (mechanical flow and pressure-based meters)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test In-class test (2 elements) 20
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 80

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of key principles and relationships in engineering and physical science, and to show their skills in solving a variety of problems, in different contexts, using appropriately selected techniques.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Final written examination (2 hours) [LOs 1 - 10] 80%
• In-class test 1 (1 hour) [LOs 1 - 3] 10%
• In-class test 2 (1 hour) [LOs 4 - 9] 10%

Formative assessment
Formative ‘assessment’ is ongoing throughout the semester through work on tutorial questions.

Formative feedback is provided orally on a one-to-one basis and to the whole group in tutorial/problems classes, and through issuing fully worked solutions to tutorial problems via SurreyLearn following the class.

Module aims

  • This aims of this module are to introduce key physical properties and phenomenon relevant to engineering and physical sciences, and to demonstrate the concepts in the context of various engineering and physical sciences disciplines.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define SI units for common engineering parameters / properties; the systematic conversion of units. CK
002 Explain the ideas relevant to simple field theory, and common devices based on these principles. CK
003 Apply theoretical knowledge to model real-world systems and to solve simple practical problems in simple field theory. CKPT
004 Describe the types of energy and their conversion and conservation. K
005 Calculate heat transfer rates based on conduction, convection and radiation mechanisms. CK
006 Describe the equation of state for an ideal gas; the derivation and use of P-V, P-T and V-T relationships. CK
007 Differentiate between fluid pressure, density and viscosity. K
008 Derive fundamental equations describing fluid pressure and pressure difference CK
009 Explain laminar, transitional and turbulent flow regimes and the notion of the Reynolds number for quantifying flow regimes CK
010 Describe the basic principles of industrial temperature, flow and pressure measurement. K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to
• Use a combination of lectures, tutorials (e.g. group activities, student-led discussions, problem-classes) and demonstration classes
• Give emphasis to knowledge and skills transfer to common industrial processes / operations / systems
• Encourage independent learning through the use of captured content resources, guided reading and formative assessment

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures/seminars 3 hrs/week
• Tutorials and demonstrations 1 hr/week
• Independent learning 6 hr/week

Learning consolidation will be achieved through related practical (laboratory) work as part of the ENG0014 module (Engineering & Physical Sciences Laboratory and Project).

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for DUMMY PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng0008

Other information


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.